A new look for our top floor bedroom

Dark decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We’ve mentioned our top floor bedroom a few times in past posts. It’s been well over ten years since it was last decorated so a spruce up has been long overdue. We thought we’d share a few photos of progress to date.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We love this room. It’s our retreat of choice in the evening – particularly dark, cold winter evenings when we light the stove, watch TV, listen to music or work on the computer – all from the comfort of bed!

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We like the structural ‘bones’ of the space with its exposed stone wall and original, wide floorboards.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

It was a great opportunity to introduce some darker colours into our home décor which we’ve intended to do for many years! These shades have a real sense of atmosphere and drama – particularly on said dark winter evenings with fires, candles and fairy lights flickering away.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

They look good by daylight too – contrasting very well with warm natural shades of wood and wicker – and providing a great backdrop for artwork.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

The bed is a very important occupant of this space, so we decided on a complete re-vamp. We exchanged a very old, squeaky frame for a new powder-coated metal one; the fabulous people at Tweak supplied us with an amazingly comfortable luxury mattress that we recently reviewed. And last, but certainly not least, some lovely black cotton satin bedding – bought locally (at generous mates’ rates) from good friend, Shaun who owns Rochdale-based textile company FabTrad. They’re wholesale suppliers to some major retailers, but also sell on eBay.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

It’s hard to put our finger on the exact look of our top floor bedroom. We wanted to furnish it with interesting objects and specimens from nature (in a Victorian gentleman’s study kind of way).

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

So you’ll find shells, fossils, skulls and the like…

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

…favourite antique finds too – that form interesting little vignettes on table tops and walls.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We also dotted the room with brass, gold, copper and pewter (desperately trying not to overdo it and ending up with a pub snug style). We do love these flashes of metallic though – they give the room a real lift and look fabulous when light catches them.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

It’s still work in progress, but we’re getting there. We hope you approve!

Home Tones: Nearly Black

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Somerset cottage sitting room with nearly black painted wallscredit

You’d be hard pressed to open an interiors magazine today without being presented with rooms bedecked in nearly black. It’s a recent favourite, especially in wall coverings. Farrow and Ball’s Railings must be the most famous deep grey paint colour on the market right now.

If you don’t wish to be that bold, you can test the waters by using it as an accent colour – in furniture, soft furnishings and lighting. It’s just the best colour for showing off brass, blond & chestnut coloured woods, yellows, lime green, blood red, teal and shades of white.

It works so well when hit by shafts of natural daylight and is quite magical by night too, lit softly by lamps or the flickering flames of real fires and candles.

All the photos that we’ve featured here prove that nearly black can work successfully in any room of the house. Go on, embrace the darkness! 🙂

Eclectic bedroom painted in Farrow & Ball 'Railings' eggshellcredit

Stone spiral staircase with red carpet and nearly black painted wallscredit

Nearly black fitted kitchen cabinets with contrasting lime green bar stoolscredit

Dark grey painted bathroom with large feature wire chandeliercredit

Nearly black painted sitting room with matching sofa and floor lampcredit

Study with floor, walls, cornice and bookcase painted in very dark greycredit

Cloakroom with nearly black painted and tiled walls and splash-back contrasting with white sanitary-warecredit